A great book signing.
Surprise! Rachel Van Dyken and I are excited to announce, we'll be signing at the Book Bonanza in Texas this Saturday at 2:00pm. Hope to see you there!
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A great book signing.
Surprise! Rachel Van Dyken and I are excited to announce, we'll be signing at the Book Bonanza in Texas this Saturday at 2:00pm. Hope to see you there!
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Southern Lady Magazine named Diane Cox McPhail's THE ABOLITIONIST'S DAUGHTER as their book club selection
In partnership with Kensington Publishing Corp., we invite you to discover our July/August 2019 Southern Lady Book Club selection, "The Abolitionist’s Daughter" by Diane McPhail. It is a vividly rendered debut novel set in Mississippi during the violent turmoil leading up to and just after the Civil War, and illuminates a corner of Southern history that’s little-known.
At the book’s heart are three extraordinary women who refuse to compromise what they know to be right as they navigate the devastations of war, betrayal, and a world struck by the conflict of men. Learn more at http://bit.ly/2IPsM2U.
10 writing tips from Margaret Atwood:
1. Take a pencil to write with on aeroplanes. Pens leak. But if the pencil breaks, you can’t sharpen it on the plane, because you can’t take knives with you. Therefore: take two pencils.
If both pencils break, you can do a rough sharpening job with a nail file of the metal or glass type.
2. Take something to write on. Paper is good. In a pinch, pieces of wood or your arm will do. If you’re using a computer, always safeguard new text with a memory stick. Do back exercises. Pain is distracting.
3. Hold the reader’s attention. (This is likely to work better if you can hold your own.) But you don’t know who the reader is, so it’s like shooting fish with a slingshot in the dark. What fascinates A will bore the pants off B.
4. You most likely need a thesaurus, a rudimentary grammar book, and a grip on reality. This latter means: there’s no free lunch. Writing is work. It’s also gambling. You don’t get a pension plan. Other people can help you a bit, but essentially you’re on your own. Nobody is making you do this: you chose it, so don’t whine.
5. You can never read your own book with the innocent anticipation that comes with that first delicious page of a new book, because you wrote the thing.
6. You’ve been backstage. You’ve seen how the rabbits were smuggled into the hat. Therefore ask a reading friend or two to look at it before you give it to anyone in the publishing business.
7. This friend should not be someone with whom you have a romantic relationship, unless you want to break up.
8, Don’t sit down in the middle of the woods. If you’re lost in the plot or blocked, retrace your steps to where you went wrong. Then take the other road. And/or change the person.
9. Change the tense. Change the opening page.
Prayer might work. Or reading something else.
10Or a constant visualization of the holy grail that is the finished, published version of your resplendent book.
Graphic Novels and Comic-Con 2091.
San Diego Comic-Con 2019: Scholastic, RH Graphic Showcase New Kids' Titles.
Trident is the leader in the publishing industry in representing Graphic Novels.
Graphic novels for kids were strongly represented at San Diego Comic-Con, held July 17–21 at the San Diego Convention Center.
A new promotion.
So it was too early this morning when I posted. It's DEATH DOESN'T BARGAIN that has the $2.99 promotion. I misread the email. Sorry about that! Here's the link http://amzn.to/2inZZWN
Don't you love it when authors do giveaways.
Did you REALLY think I would let the last month of summer go by without doing one last giveaway!? Honey, please. 💁♀️
LET'S DO IT!
There are a number of factors impacting author earnings.
Among them are publishers taking more rights from authors.
Most big publishers won't buy an author's work unless they get audio rights and in some cases world rights (U.K. and translation). Historically, authors could hold on to these rights and sell them in order to earn more money.
It's nearly impossible to police all the schemes being used to peddle fake books on platforms like Amazon.
Andrew Mayne is going to be on Shark Week this Friday!
The special airs August 2nd at 9pm on Discovery.
The Shark Week 2019 schedule features the first-ever Shark Week original film starring Josh Duhamel.
WordTheatre® Presents David Soul reading An Old Poet Dying in Bolinas by Peter Orner
Actors David Soul, Ian Hart, Madeline Potter, Rhashan Stone, Emily Bruni, and Damien Molony, accompanied by violin virtuoso Lizzie Ball, illuminate Orner’s e...
10 tips for parents to encourage their kids to read and turn a young reader’s reluctance into enthusiasm.
1. Develop children’s oral language
Depending on the child’s language skill level, give him a story to read or have a story read to them. When the story is finished, ask your child to pinpoint favorite parts of the story. This can enable children to have fun picking out words and develop an interest to move to the next page.
2. Read several stories every day
The more children are exposed to literature, the more reading will become part of their daily life. A child is introduced to new information, concepts, and phonemic awareness with every story.
3. Surround your children with reading material
Children with a large collection of reading resources in their homes score higher and perform better on standardized tests. Provoke a reading habit in your child by having a large array of interesting books and magazines at her reading level.
4. Encourage a wide variety of reading activities
Make reading an essential part of your children’s lives. Let them read menus, movie name, roadside signs, game guides, weather reports, and other practical everyday information. Always try to make sure your children have something to read in their spare time.
5. Use technology to increase self-esteem
Technology is changing the way we all learn, and it can have a positive impact on kids and their reading. By adding technology like tablet e-readers to the classroom, students’ self-esteem and confidence rises. Technology also gives students who have grown up in an age of smartphones and ubiquitous computers another outlet with which they are familiar to grow and learn. Building self-esteem through applied technology and increased reading skills can have a positive ripple-effect on every other area of a student’s life.
6. Let them use e-readers
E-readers can be adapted to each person’s specific needs. If you have a kid who needs larger font or less lines per page in order to improve their reading ability, e-readers are perfectly suited to this kind of tailoring. E-readers are adaptive for students with learning disabilities as well, and can help level the playing field for children who learn differently.
7. Let them choose what they read
Reading for pleasure is one of the best ways for a child to improve his performance at school, but teaching a child to love reading involves a lot more than simply handing him a book. Letting children have choices in their reading material goes a long way in raising life-long readers. Kids who choose what they read, regardless of whether it’s a novel, a comic book, or a magazine, are more engaged with what they are reading and more likely to retain the information.
8. Help them choose age-appropriate books
Help your kids choose age-appropriate books on topics that interest them to spark a passion for reading. Take them to the library or even show them e-readers that provide entire libraries of options at the touch of the screen. Access to a wide-variety of options helps make it easier for parents to help their children find the stories that give them that toehold into the world of reading.
9. Make use of gadgets and creative apps
Your smartphone or tablets can be used to install useful reading apps where kids can have safe spaces for reading without parents worrying about what they might come across online. Parents are able to choose what their children can access, as well as how long they can do different activities with timer features.
10. Show interest in your child’s reading
Your response or feedback has a strong effect on how hard they will try to become good readers. Always remember to give them genuine praise for their efforts.
Reading for pleasure seems to give kids an advantage in school because they are used to be introduced to new ideas and can process them more quickly and effectively than their non-reading peers. E-readers have opened the doors to getting the next generation back into reading. Easy access to an array of topics and stories is sure to spark an interest in even a reluctant reader, and increasing technology provides better tailored learning opportunities while increasing self-esteem and confidence in the classroom
Happy pub date to Catherine Coulter's LABYRINTH!
Ten top writing tips from Neil Gaiman:
"1. Make good art.
The world needs us to do what we do. They need us to create stories that resonate, that take them outside of themselves. If you have the ability to create, take the time to do it well. Elizabeth Gilbert talks about the magic of creativity in Big Magic.
While the fate of the world does not rest upon art, art can reflect the state of the world and it's fate. It's a mirror into society's soul and a great use of your time. Never doubt it.
As Gaiman says, "Do what only you can do, and do your best: Make. Good. Art."
2. Do what you care about.
We spend months and years writing our books. That's a lot of time to spend with characters and ideas. If you don't care about your story, what is the point? If you don't care about your characters, why should your reader?
3. Do new things.
Study after study says the key to creativity is play. If you've ever watched children play with each other's toys, you will see that they love learning how to use their tried and true whatever-toy-it-is in a new way, based on the improvisation of their friends. They have rules and they trust in them. We need trust, both to play and be creative. Exploration, building and thinking with your hands, and role-play where acting it out lets you really get inside it.
Nurture this on the page, and in your critique groups. Look at your old story in a new way. Take a writing class. I just took a Donald Maass class through the Women's Fiction Writers Association that knocked my socks off - just taking the class made me look at my work in a different way.
4. Ignore the rules.
Gaiman isn't talking about ignoring a rule "just because." We're not tweens, we're creatives. If a rule kills your writing mojo, it's okay to ignore it to bring your art into being. His argument: If you know the rules of what is possible, that is what you will do. Often that is ALL you will do. If you don't know the rules, you will have no idea that you can't do something. That soul-killing word shouldn't won't rear it's ugly head. You will try. And often you will fly.
Entertainment tip: Anne R. Allen wrote a great post on "secret writing rules" and why we can ignore them.
5. You are unique.
Your favorite authors have let their inner writing freaks fly free. You can hear their distinctive voices in every book they write. Have you every picked up a Darynda Jones book? Ditto with Christopher Moore and Janet Evanovich?
My friend Natalie Hartford's first tagline was, "Be yourself...everyone else is taken." That is never more true than when you are writing. No one else will tell a story like you, and the people who love your voice will follow you through just about any story you write.
When you allow your uniqueness to shine, your writing will too.
6. Just do it!
I've talked about daring to suck before. We all suck when we start. Just do it anyway. You learn to write by writing.
Gaiman: "The most important thing you can do when you are starting out is 'write the next one.' Assume you have a million words inside you that are absolute rubbish and you need to get them out before you get to the good ones."
7. Walk toward the mountain.
Gaiman: "If you feel like you were put on this earth to do something, then go do that thing. Which is much harder than it sounds." He puts it like this:
Imagine where you want to be with your life. Imagine it is a distant mountain. When you are doing that something with your life, take a moment to stop and see whether it is taking you toward the mountain or away from the mountain. If it is taking you away, don't do that thing. Only do things that move you closer to the mountain.
Much to my lament (and Neil's), the heavens will not open with notes of glory and publishing contracts every time you send something out. When you first get started, they might not open at all. Laura Drake has a quote she loves, which I think every writer should post on their mirror/workstation/refrigerator:
“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.”
9. Try more.
Gaiman urges you to think of your writing like dandelion seeds. Dozens will go out into the world, but for every five failures that float on the wind, perhaps one will finds some success. The more you send out, the more success you will have. The more types of things you try, the greater the chance of finding that success.
10. Enjoy the ride.
Gaiman credits Stephen King with the best piece of advice he was ever given, which he regrets not taking: "Enjoy the ride." Instead of enjoying his success, he worried about it - the next deadline, the next idea. He wished he'd let go and enjoyed the ride."
Writers Write: Hopefully this article proves helpful to any writer looking to put together a checklist.
Are you looking for a literary agent? Read this post (by a literary agent) to find out what they want from authors of fiction.
7 Writing Tips from Lee Child:
As the author of the internationally renowned Jack Reacher series, Lee Child knows a thing or two about grabbing the reader’s attention. Here are some of his top tips for all you aspiring writers out there.
1. Set daily word counts
“I try to do about 1,500 in a day. That is comfortable for me. It’s a lot less than some people do. If I’m pushing it, which I usually am, 2,000, because by the time you get close to the deadline you’ve frittered a lot of time away and done other things, so I’m usually in a bit of a rush.”
2. The only qualification you need to be a writer is to be a reader. “You’ve got to have read thousands of books and then you internalize that rhythm. You internalize the grammar of cliff hangers and pace and so on. I just start at the beginning, make it up and somehow get to the end.”
3. Character is king
“It’s all about people, it’s about character. If the plot works well, that’s a bonus, but it’s the characters that people remember. Here’s my classic example that I always quote, the Lone Ranger. Everybody in the world has heard of the Lone Ranger. Nobody in the world could tell you a single storyline from a Lone Ranger show.”
4. Don’t fall in love with your characters
“At that point writers start to get defensive and feel a bit inhibited about putting in the bad stuff and negative characteristics. When I started writing, I always made sure I kept Reacher slightly at arm’s length. Ideally, I want me to like him a little less than you’re going to like him and that keeps him fresh. It keeps him honest, warts and all. It turns him into a real person, rather than a cartoon character.”
5. The beginning of the story is crucial
“If you’re ever going to submit a book for publication, obviously some people start reading it. So, the first line, the first paragraph, the first page has got to be utterly compelling. If you can do that, then you’re home and dry because that’s what people want. They want a book where they pick it up and they’re instantly hooked.”
6. Ignore advice!
“My honest answer is ignore advice because it’s got to be your product. It’s got to be an organic product with a vital, vivid integrity of its own and you’ll never get that if you’re worried about what other people are telling you to do.”
7. How do you feel about breaking writing rules?
In general writers, especially beginner writers, are very nervous and insecure. People have a clear idea of what they want to do and there are rules that aren’t rules – they’re just advice, and sometimes bad advice. Showing not telling is one face of bad advice. There is no reason why you can’t tell something in a plain, declarative style. Classic post-war thriller writers just sat down and told a story, and the idea that you should not is very twisted and forces people to pass on information in a very weird way. My main point is always to avoid advice. Books only work if they are vivid and organic and have one imagination in charge.
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